Las Ve­gas mass shoot­ing vic­tim slowly makes re­cov­ery

Susie LaPorte starts breath­ing by her­self af­ter med­i­cal staff re­moves ven­ti­la­tor

The Signal - - FRONT PAGE - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

Susie LaPorte, one of eight lo­cal peo­ple shot and wounded in the Las Ve­gas mass shoot­ing, whose re­cov­ery has been slow but steady, took a big step Wed­nes­day when she be­gan breath­ing on her own.

LaPorte, who was shot twice – once in the up­per torso and once in the neck has been re­cov­er­ing from a surgery per­formed im­me­di­ately af­ter she was shot.

On Wed­nes­day, med­i­cal staff at the hospi­tal in Las Ve­gas re­moved the ven­ti­la­tor she had been re­ly­ing on for most of her re­cov­ery.

“The ven­ti­la­tor is out and she is breath­ing on her own,” her friend Bob­bie Bur­rows told The Sig­nal Wed­nes­day.

“She fi­nally opened her eyes and now she sat in a chair for a few min­utes to­day,” she said.

Over the past week, LaPorte has made steady progress com­pared to a week ago when she was listed in sta­ble con­di­tion and heav­ily se­dated.

On Mon­day, fam­ily mem­bers de­scribed her re­cov­ery as “small steps.”

When the breath­ing tube was re­moved, LaPorte was able to breathe on her own with the help of some breath­ing treat­ments and a breath­ing mask.

On Mon­day, med­i­cal staffers were still drain­ing the fluid in her chest cav­ity.

Two other lo­cal peo­ple wounded in the shoot­ing, who were also re­cov­er­ing in hospi­tal ear­lier this week, have made speedy re­cov­er­ies.

Do­minica Ze­olla and Ce­sar Ranus­chio have each been show­ered with well-wishes and mes­sages of love ex­pressed on so­cial me­dia this week.

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